Why We Fool Ourselves
We lie to ourselves through our teeth. Our minds habitually distort (or ignore) critical information. We routinely engage in what we call wishful thinking, we bury our heads in the sand, and once in a while we drink our own Kool-Aid. Is there any reason for that from an evolutionary point of view?
Probability is Not Destiny
If a hundred people eat a chicken burger every day from the local eatery, over the course of a lifetime one of them will get colon cancer (in addition to the five who would have gotten it regardless). That’s not a risk you may want to take, but it’s not a death sentence for sure.
Bullshitting: How to Handle, Bypass, and Ignore this Art and its Practitioners
Some people are prone to running their mouth, saying things without an iota of concern about its truth or falsehood because their goal isn’t really to communicate information. Their whole point is just to have something to say.